Text Messages can be sent from your User Console and your Smartphone/Tablet if setup as a ‘Registered Number’.
You want to send a simple message out to one of your opt-in lists, so you click on the Text Message Module in the User Console.
Type in your new message or select a Message Template and make a few edits.
Select one or more Opt-In Lists to receive your message. You can also check the box to have this text message posted on Facebook and Twitter ( Twitter messages limited to 140 characters ).
Now your choice is to send the message out immediately or to schedule it for a later date or time. You have the option to create recurring messages and set them to ongoing, meaning that it will happen every day, week or month until you cancel it.
Below is a screenshot of the Text Message Screen. Additional detailed instructions on each section of the Text Message Module can be found in the tabs under the screenshot.
3 Simple Steps To Sending A Text Message
First Step: – Insert a Message
The Text Message Module gives you two main ways to create the message:
- Type It In Manually
- Use one of the User-Created Templates
Most of the time you will type in or copy in your message text, but if you have a message that you send frequently then you should consider using a Template.
Creating a Template is easy.
But first, let’s create the Text Message.
Type or copy the text you want to send to your list in the box below the instruction: ‘Insert your text message here:’
Once you have your message text created and ready to go, you need to select one or more member lists that will receive the message. If a list member is on more than one list and you are sending a text blast to multiple lists, that member will still only get a single message and one Mobile Coupon.
Final Step: – Send Method
Now you are ready to send out your text blast. The two choices you have are:
- Send Now
- Scheduled Send
If you are ready and want to send now, click the ‘Send’ button at the bottom-right of the Text Message window.
You will get a dialog box asking you to confirm that you want to send the text blast with the count of list members that you will be sending your text message to.
The dialog boxes look the same but have different text depending on if you are sending now or scheduling the task for later.
So click ‘Send’ and you will get the Dialog on the left. Select and setup a Scheduled Send’ and you will see the Dialog on the right.
If you look at the Send Method section, you can see that you can schedule the text blast for any day at any time.
Enter your choice of dates, months, year and time of day.
You also have the option of setting this scheduled task as a recurring tasks so that it repeats forever ( ‘Ongoing’ check box) until you set an end date ( End On: field ) or you stop it manually.
From The System Knowledgebase:
If you select ‘Scheduled’, the above boxes will show so that you may enter in the date and time that you would like to send out the message. Click the ‘…’ button if you would like to be taken to a calendar view to select the date. Messages will be sent out according to the time zone of your administrator account’s settings. You can change your advertiser account’s time-zone in the ‘Edit Profile’ section of your dashboard, under the ‘My Account’ column.
Click “Recurring” to select when you want your message to send, as well as when it should end. Select the box next to “Ongoing” to have no end date to your message being sent out.
Lastly, once you click the ‘Send’ button at the bottom, it will ask you to confirm. Make sure that you are sending the message to the proper opt-in list and that the scheduled time is correct before you click to confirm.
The ‘Audience’ button is for advanced list member tracking and is discussed elsewhere on this site.